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Hamann lands Leicester City role
The former German international worked under Sven Goran Eriksson as a player at Manchester City, and he obviously left a positive impression on the Swede. …
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Leicester City recruit MK Dons coach Dietmar Hamann
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Dietmar Hamann has joined Leicester City’s coaching staff today after leaving MK Dons.
The German international has joined Sven-Goran Eriksson’s backroom team as a replacement for Chris Powell, who left to become manager at Charlton Athletic.
For the full story and an interview with Hamann, see tomorrow’s and Saturday’s Mercury Sport.
Leicester City add MK Dons player-coach Dietmar Hamann to their backroom staff.
I suspect many Leicester City fans (along with every other club’s fans) would dearly love to see a side built around a nucleus of local talent, truly representative of the area. But I think we have to accept now that this is very unlikely to ever happen and embrace the game’s new global aspect.
Sven-Goran Eriksson’s global recruiting network now means that City get their players from places like Abia State (one of the nine constituent states of the Niger Delta region, thanks Wiki) rather than Wigston, a town called Montijo in Southern Portugal, rather than Coalville, and the Ivry-sur-Seine commune in south-eastern Paris, rather than Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
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Read the full article in today’s Leicester Mercury.
Kyle Naughton believes Leicester City’s travelling supporters can play a huge role in the push for the play-offs.
The next three away games, at Derby, Cardiff and Queens Park Rangers, will test Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side to the full.
But one thing that can be guaranteed is high-volume noise levels from the visitors’ end.
That was the case at Sheffield United on Tuesday, less than 2,000 of them drowning out the other 18,000. It makes a big difference and is greatly appreciated by the players.
“They were fantastic, making all that noise,” said Naughton. “It really spurs you on and makes you want to do well for them.
“It was a tough game and we were under pressure for long periods, but they kept us going.”
Naughton has been with City since October, joining from Tottenham on a loan deal which has been extended until the end of the season.
In that short time, the 22-year-old right-back has been amazed by the support from the Blue Army.
“It’s the same at all away matches, they really get behind us,” he said.
“Our target is to get promotion and it would be a fitting reward for all of them as well.”
Naughton has impressed since making his City bow against Hull, particularly with his forward runs. Some pundits have gone on record as saying he could be a future England international.
“It’s too early to say about that,” he said. “My aim at the moment is to play in the Premier League, that is my only target.
“When I get there then maybe the England situation will arise, but that is for some time in the future.”
Naughton made his mark playing for his home-town team Sheffield United and, as a result, earned a big-money transfer to Tottenham in the summer of 2009.
It was a special return to Bramall Lane for him on Tuesday.
“It was great to see some old faces,” he said. “I’ve chatted with a lot of the people I used to know, and there was a fair bit of banter.”
Naughton was particularly delighted with the 1-0 win.
“Although we were under pressure for periods, we got the result we wanted,” he said.
“Perhaps we didn’t play the type of football we wanted to play, and perhaps some of us were guilty at times of taking one or two touches more than we needed.
“But it’s going really well at the moment and we’re in a great position to kick on for the play-offs and, who knows, maybe even the top two.”
Strong defensive partnerships are crucial to any team’s hopes of honours and Leicester City look to have found the perfect combination.
Ben Mee and Sol Bamba were outstanding in Tuesday night’s dogs of war 1-0 victory at Sheffield United.
The win moved City to within four points of the play-off places, but just as pleasing was the clean sheet, only their third on the road this season.
Mee and Bamba were recruited a month ago and paired together for the first time against Millwall 12 days ago, when City conceded two goals in the 4-2 win.
Mee, the loan signing from Manchester City, admits it could have gone better but was delighted with the way both he and Bamba performed at Bramall Lane.
“I really wanted to prove a point and show what I can do,” said the 21-year-old.
“I was a bit disappointed with the Millwall game but, hopefully, I’ve shown the fans that I’m going to get better.
“Sol and myself came in at the same time and we get on really well. I’ve been taking him to training and we’ve become friends. There seems to be a good chemistry between us and long may it continue.”
Mee was delighted with Tuesday’s result and said: “After that win, bring them on, although we would like to play a bit more football than we did. You have to go to places like that where teams are very direct, and I think it shows the character we have that we overcame it because it was a tough game.
“They didn’t want to play much football and the pitch didn’t really help our passing game. But we battled hard, got the win and showed what we can do when we stick together.
“I want to stay in the side and help City push up the table, which we can do if we produce more performances like that.
“We have a strong squad and I think we can make the play-offs.”
Mee was the captain of Manchester City’s 2008 FA Youth Cup-winning team but only made his first-team bow last September, in a Carling Cup clash at West Bromwich Albion.
Now he has the opportunity to make an extended run at senior level thanks to a man he knew well in Manchester, Sven-Goran Eriksson.
“He’s a massive influence, everyone loved him there and everyone loves him here,” said Mee. “He was always interested in the youth team and bringing young players on.
“I’ve enjoyed it so far at City and I’ve settled in really well. Games like Sheffield bring the team closer together.”